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The Idle Parent: Why Less Means More When Raising Kids Paperback – 25 Mar 2010
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`The sort of book which any self-respecting child would wish their parents had read. Gently comedic on the surface, it is a book about serious freedom underneath. Profoundly sane, kind and endearing, it is written with a huge generosity of spirit as an act of family-liberation.' --Jay Griffiths, author of Wild: An Elemental Journey
'Wise, funny, practical and personal, The Idle Parent puts the fun back into parenting.' Oliver James -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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I agree with Hodgkinson's general principle that we should avoid over-parenting and that mindless consumerism is bad for us, however, he struggles to fill a book on this topic. As well, it seems as if he hasn't quite thought through his manifesto; he chooses which rules suit him, whenever it suits him.
Example: in one chapter where he talks at length about how 'childcare' has become outsourced, he warns against the hiring of nannies and talks about how the hiring of theirs was a terrible thing and how they became dependent on her. Yet, in another chapter he recommends hiring a nanny to make life easier, how theirs was the most wonderful thing and that she enabled them to get some sleep. There are many similar inconsistencies throughout the book.
Also infuriating are his many generalisations and silly assertions that range from the naive (all schools should aim to be more like Eton) to the absurd (the reason the examination results of his former school, Westminster - which he raves about - were better than everyone else's is due to their term time being 2 weeks shorter. Apparently, it had nothing at all to do with Westminster attracting the cream of the crop).
The chapter on No More Family Days Out is his strongest, genuinely amusing and insightful and giving us food for thought. I wish the rest of the book had been as effective as this one. The weakest chapter is Down With Schools, which comes across as smug and elitist and irrelevant. The book would have been better off without it.Read more ›
The main issue I have with this book is that its demographic is clearly ONLY the middle class professional who has plenty of money, a garden and lots of choices about how and where they live. I first chucked this book when people living on the 10th floor should get allotment space so the children can be left to potter. I live on the fourth floor - I assume that this also applies to me - but where am I going to find an allotment?! I live a mile from the City of London! And even if I could find one I wouldn't be able to afford the few quid it costs.
I chucked this book a second time when the author starts going on (at some length) about private education. Did you know that you could easily save £10,000 a year if you just cut out things that you really don't need? No? Neither did I. If I wanted to free up that kind of money - double it in fact as I have 2 kids - we would all starve and have no home - £10,000 being 90% of my annual income. In this section he also completely contradicts his idle parent hypotheses by giving as an example of a woman who really wanted to send her child to Summerhill and raised the money by working a market stall! NOT very idle!
A frankly laughable aspect of his analysis of the wisdom of private education was inferring that Eton is the epitome of autonomus education and therefore fulfils all the criteria for the free thinking anarchist or autonomous parent!Read more ›
The Idle Parent is, however, genuinely idle in its thinking.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another brilliant book by Tom Hodgkinson. I love the honesty of this book. Mr Hodgkinson doesn't pretend to be the perfect parent and talks openly of his faults. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book honest and funny . He s right kids are over stimulated and over entertained and we are creating a generation that cannot play, entertain or think for themselves !Published 13 months ago by r.baldwin
Havent read it yet as it is a present for my daughter, but having read all his other books, Im sure its going to be great!Published 23 months ago by slatelady1
Hodgkinson argues in many ways we are setting the bar too high for us as parents and thereby NOT doing our kids a favor. Read morePublished 23 months ago by KareNina
This book exposes the madness of the pressurised world of modern parenting and reveals the simple pleasures that are within reach for parent and children alike.Published 23 months ago by JJ
Really useful parenting advice. Less really is more. Both my husband and I are loving this book. We have already read the book "How to Be Free" by the same author and it... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2014 by Naomi Adriane